Workspace Accommodations 19:28, May 16, 2016

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Besides avoiding unlawful harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires employers to provide a “reasonable accommodation” when an employee has a workplace problem related to a disability. This includes being flexible with where and under what conditions an employee works. For example, a teacher with Seasonal Affective Disorder may be entitled to a classroom with windows […]

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Which airline and hotel expenses are corporate travel managers willing to pay for? An LA Times article cites a survey about which extra fees and charges your employer is likely to reimburse you for on your next business trip: 91% will pay for checked baggage 89% will pay for parking 84% will pay for Internet […]

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The winner from the PIHRA show, Karen Rickman from Pasta Mia of Fullerton, California, receives her prize from LawRoom’s Ralph Atkins. Karen was the winner of LawRoom’s Guess-the-Cash contest at the PIHRA Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California (August 29-31). Karen’s guess of 196 dollars was the exact number of one dollar […]

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We recently wrote about an employee who sued for sex discrimination after she wasn’t given permission to leave the assembly line to take a bathroom break. She lost her Title VII lawsuit; see Waiting For Relief. For a similar case from 2009 involving a Verizon employee who sued for bias over a filthy unisex bathroom, […]

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The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is making employers put up a new workplace poster. Under the regulation, employers must post the new NLRB notice in English, plus any other language: “Where 20 percent or more of an employer’s workforce is not proficient in English and speaks a language other than English….” The NLRB’s new […]

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Our last blog post was about how our online anti-harassment training might “scare” supervisors into preventing sexual harassment in your workplace. But our training shouldn’t “scare” you. We make training simple. Here’s a comment we received today: “The format of the course made it easy to use and conducive to a work environment in that […]

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LawRoom’s training has consequences. One consequence is that managers learn of their potential personal individual liability for harassment. Here are two of the comments we received from managers taking our Supervisor Anti-Harassment course this week: “The first part was horrendously scary and made me want to curl up in a box and never enter a […]

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If employees get hurt working, they’re entitled to time off and to collect workers’ compensation benefits. But when they try to collect more, they may be suspected of fraud. For example, former Boston firefighter Albert Arroyo was acquitted from charges of fraud after he participated in bodybuilding competitions while on permanent disability leave. Prosecutors say […]

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Employees who stop working to help other people may be satisfying a moral duty, but does that justify them leaving their job duties? Some employers don’t think so. Last week, a Long Island bus driver was fired after letting three police officers on his bus during a violent storm. He says he didn’t think twice […]

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Included in the 2010 federal healthcare bill was a provision requiring time off for nursing mothers to express breast milk. See FLSA Lactation Breaks. The new lactation break law was enacted as an amendment to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) 29 USC §207. There’s a big loophole, however, since §207 is the federal overtime […]

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